US Indymedia Global Indymedia Publish About us
Printed from Boston IMC : http://boston.indymedia.org/
Boston.Indymedia
IVAW Winter Soldier

Winter Soldier
Testimonies
Brad Presente

Other Local News

Spare Change News
Open Media Boston
Somerville Voices
Cradle of Liberty
The Sword and Shield

Local Radio Shows

WMBR 88.1 FM
What's Left
WEDS at 8:00 pm
Local Edition
FRI (alt) at 5:30 pm

WMFO 91.5 FM
Socialist Alternative
SUN 11:00 am

WZBC 90.3 FM
Sounds of Dissent
SAT at 11:00 am
Truth and Justice Radio
SUN at 6:00 am

Create account Log in
Comment on this article | View comments | Email this article | Printer-friendly version
Announcement :: DNC : Human Rights
Homeland Security and the Criminalization of Dissent in Boston
26 Feb 2005
An evening of information and discussion concerning the Lafayette 8,
Richard Picariello, and the DNC3

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00pm
Community Church of Boston,
565 Boylston St. Boston
(Across the street from Copley Square)
Homeland Security and the Criminalization of Dissent in Boston:

Police Surveillance, Secret Dossiers, and the DNC Cases

An evening of information and discussion concerning the Lafayette 8,
Richard Picariello, and the DNC3

Wednesday, March 2, 7:00pm
Community Church of Boston,
565 Boylston St. Boston
(Across the street from Copley Square)

What do the Lafayette 8, Richard Picariello and the DNC3 all have in
common?

All are activists arrested in or around Boston near or during the time
of the Democratic National Convention whose cases are now making their
way through the courts. In all three cases, political activists were
targeted for arrest under heightened police security and surveillance
using a joint local and federal police apparatus created under the
pre-text of "fighting terrorism." In all three cases, police and
prosecutors have used this same pretext for refusing to turn over
evidence and police intelligence related to the arrests. These cases
are part of a pattern under the system of Homeland Security: secret
evidence, secret information sharing, secret dossiers on people engaged
in all forms of political activity, and the criminalization of protest
under the pretext of "fighting terrorism."

Learn more about all three cases and about local police surveillance
and repression against activists. Information obtained through FOIA
petitions on behalf of Amer Jubran--a Palestinian activist arrested in
2003 and later forced to leave the country--will also be presented.
This will include a short film with clips from more than 12 police
surveillance tapes of local demonstrations, as well as evidence of
coordinated information sharing between local and federal police
agencies aimed at creating extensive files on people engaged in
political activities protected under the First Amendment.

There will be brief talks by Michael Auffinger of the Lafayette 8 and
representatives of the other defense cases, as well as Richard Hugus
of the Amer Jubran Defense Committee, and Kazi Toure.

Sponsored by
Anarchist Black Cross of Boston
(www.anarchistblackcross.org)
and the New England Committee to Defend Palestine
(www.onepalestine.org)

Also endorsed by
General Defense Committee of the IWW Local 13
(www.iww.org/gdc)
See also:
http://www.anarchistblackcross.org
http://www.onepalestine.org

This work is in the public domain
Add a quick comment
Title
Your name Your email

Comment

Text Format
Anti-spam Enter the following number into the box:
To add more detailed comments, or to upload files, see the full comment form.

Comments

This has been going on since 2003.
28 Feb 2005
One anarchist has already fled to another location, away from Massachusetts, to thwart the harassment by local police departments.

Here is some advise. If you are under surveillance, get rid of your home telephone (shut off service). Do not use the Internet from home. Create an account from a public machine and use that (with a fake name, of course).

If you are being actively harassed, move somewhere else. Choose a location to live that is impossible to park a car near (think highrise with good security).

Stop posting things in your old online name. Change online names completely.

In fact, the Internet is a candystore for the FEDS and police. Think of creative ways to organize, communicate and carry out operations without the Internet and telephone.

In Portland, someone has been putting together a cool method of communication - an Anarchist postal service delivered by bicycle. Create your own means of communication between activists and activist organizations.
Re: Homeland Security and the Criminalization of Dissent in Boston
28 Feb 2005
If you are under surveilance, keep your home phone, use the net, and operate as openly as possible with as many people as possible aware of what you do. And publicize the harassment! The more light you shine on the cops, the more likely they are to scuttle away from you. Whereas the more you hide from them, the more they keep chasing.

Obviously, if you're planning a direct action, do so oin person rather than over the phone or e-mail as much as possible. But otherwise, paranoia is NOT a useful organizing tool! Don't let 'em grind you down.
If you publicize the harassment, Boston's anarchist community won't believe it is happening.
01 Mar 2005
Been there, done that. You could put all of the sympathy for those harassed electronicially in boston in a teacup.